Archive | May, 2016

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #47: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about two seemingly unrelated topics that share a common theme – government meddling at home and around the world keeping us from having nice things. At first glance, it might seem like Elizabeth Warren’s economic views and America’s drone war […]

Hellfire Fury – A Song

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A few months ago, I was reading an article about the drone war and the number of innocent people killed by American drone strikes.  The accounts in the article struck me in a very visceral way, and I started scribbling lines on a sheet of scrap paper. That started a process that culminated in this […]

133 Words or Less: Extreme Republican Constitutional Hypocrisy


A number of Republican state elected officials have expressed outrage at Pres. Obama unconstitutional federal bathroom mandates. In the process they reveal their extreme constitutional hypocrisy. The Obama administration’s threat to withhold education funding if states don’t adhere to unconstitutional federal bathroom guidelines raised the ire of many Republican state legislators and governors. For instance, […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #46: Bombs, Bathrooms and Bad Arguments

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I wade into the Great Bathroom Controversy of 2016. I tackle some of the constitutional issues and explain why I think the whole thing is generally kind of dumb. Somehow, bathrooms have become the most significant issue of the year, with the […]

Peace Officer: From Protect and Serve to Command and Control (Film Review)

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“Sometimes peace is purchased with violence.” – Sheriff Jim Winder, Salt Lake County, Utah William “Dub” Lawrence founded the first SWAT team in the state of Utah back in the 1970s. Thirty years later, that same SWAT unit killed his son-in-law, Brian Wood, during a controversial standoff in Farmington. The new documentary film Peace Officer […]

Words You Should Never Utter – “Federal Bathroom Policy”

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“Federal bathroom policy…” Words no American should ever utter. Ever. And yet here we are. Last week, the Obama administration issued bathroom directives to all public schools in the United States. Today, I eagerly await White House direction on how to wipe my butt. I challenge anybody to reconcile presidential bathroom directives with Madison’s words […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #45: Interpreting the Constitution

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about how to interpret the Constitution. Before we can talk about following the Constitution every issue, every time, no exceptions no excuses, we have to understand what it means.  So, how in the word do we interpret it? A lot […]

Decentralization: A Strategy for Liberty

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Hardcore libertarians sometimes criticize me because of my focus on the Constitution and political action at the state level to limit federal power. They argue that the American constitutional system will never bring about liberty, and that by working through government at any level, I undermine the cause of freedom. I am sympathetic to the […]

Libertarian Centralizers Endanger Liberty with Governopoly

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The libertarian centralizers are at it again, federalizing an issue that should remain a local concern. This time, it revolves around hair washing. Yes, some liberty-minded folks among us want to federalize shampooing hair. The Tennessee state cosmetology board maintains ridiculous occupational licensing rules for people who want to earn a living washing hair in […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #44: Big Brother and the Effects of the Surveillance State

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I share a personal story that demonstrates the very real impact of the surveillance state on everyday behavior. Since the Edward Snowden revelations, Americans have become much more aware of the ever-growing surveillance state. But they don’t really seem to care. Many […]